The 1989 Congress Bicentennial Silver Dollar was released to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Congress. The legislative body had first convened under the US Constitution in 1789 in Philadelphia.
The obverse of the silver dollar features a full view of Thomas Crawford’s bronze Statue of Freedom, which was placed atop of the Capitol dome in 1863. Clouds and rays of sunlight appear in the background of the view. The inscriptions read “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, “1789”, and “1989”.
On the reverse of the coin is the mace of the House of Representatives. A close up view of the staff topped by an eagle on a world globe is pictured. The inscriptions include “United States of America”, “One Dollar”, “E Pluribus Unum”, and “Bicentennial of the Congress”. Both the obverse and reverse designs were modelled by Chester Young Martin and designed by William Woodward.
The 1989 Congress Silver Dollar was struck at the Denver Mint.